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plural noun

  1. See scurry

3rd person singular present tense of verb

  1. See scurry

scurry (ˈskʌrɪ Pronunciation for scurry



-ries, -rying, -ried
  1. to move about or proceed hurriedly
  2. (intransitive) to whirl about


(plural) -ries
  1. the act or sound of scurrying
  2. a brisk light whirling movement, as of snow
  3. (horse racing) a short race or sprint

Word Origin

C19: probably shortened from hurry-scurry


View thesaurus entry
= flurry, race, bustle, whirl, scampering

Example Sentences Including 'scurries'

Amid the flurry of activity, an infantry section spots a sniper in an upstairs window and scurries into action.
Toronto Sun (2003)
And then, a door opens stage left and on scurries our nine-year-old son, Joshua, dressed as a street urchin.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
Provided the ground at the bottom is fairly soft, it gets a slight shock and scurries away.
New Scientist (1999)
Pull out a camera in Bura and virtually everybody scurries for cover.
Globe and Mail (2003)
She gets out and scurries off to change, unharmed by the fish.
Hugh Cornwell A MULTITUDE OF SINS: Golden Brown, The Stranglers and Strange Little Girls (2004)
The taxi driver abandons his car and scurries ahead through a maze of alleys.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)


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